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February 2023 Research Symposium-Schedule

Old map of caribbean and part of Latin America

LACS 60th Anniversary--February 2023 Research Symposium Schedule for “Un-Charting Territories”

Friday, February 17th -- 4:30pm-7:30pm & Saturday, February 18th, 2023 -- 9:00am-4:30pm

A territory, understood as a site to be defended, is anchored by parameters of exclusivity and control. Territory is often associated with physical land mass, attributing sovereignty to nations. It can describe sites of knowledge. We can also speak of disciplinary and discursive territories governed by methodologies and subjects of study. Yet, even as colonial powers attempted to delineate Latin America and the Caribbean territories, these sites continue to resist. The Andes and the Amazon, for example, defy human efforts to draw straight lines through natural environments. Indigenous communities that do not recognize colonial separation of their ancestral lands, migrate transnationally, challenging national imaginaries. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) program, we invite the Cornell community to rethink the disciplinary, environmental, political, and discursive boundaries of Latin America and the Caribbean in our 2023 Research Symposium “Un-Charting Territories”.

To underscore the success of 60 years of programming and the expansion of the program to include the Caribbean, we strongly encourage proposals that explore the Caribbean, the hispanophone islands and the coastal regions of South and Central America. Additionally, we are including a special panel that highlights undergraduate students interested in developing research proposals focused on this year’s theme of “Un-Charting Territories” through interdisciplinary work.

60th Anniversary LACS Research Symposium 2023 Schedule

Friday, February 17, 2023 (4:30pm-7:30pm)

4:30pm-5:00 pm

Welcome            Vice Provost for International Affairs, Wendy Wolford

Overview            LACS Director, Ernesto Bassi

Video--Director Perspectives on the 60th Anniversary of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

5:00-5:45 pm     Ecuador Undergraduate Internship Panel

6:00-7:30 pm     Reception and Microteatro performances

Saturday, February 18, 2023 (9:00am-4:30pm)

8:15 – 9:00 am           Continental Breakfast Available

9:00 - 10:15am -- Local and Collective Impacts     Moderator: Geneva Graef

Charlie Tebbutt, As the Crow Cries: What Birdsong Can Tell Us About How Human and Non-Human Territories Interact in the Colombian Amazon

Santiago García Lloré, Predicting Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Protected Areas in the Northern Andes Region

Alexis Marquez, Brain Drain in the Dominican Republic

Kimberly Navarro-Vélez, Disentangling the interactions between resident and migratory birds on wintering grounds in Colombia

10:15-10:30am    Coffee Break

10:30 am - 11:45 am -- Tactics of Redirection     Moderator: Vanessa Dikuyama Zapata

Karina Beras, Intercambios de Sobrevivencia in the Dominican Republic

Jack Brown, Vampire-Coded: Monstrous Queer Masculinities and Precarity in Latin American Horror

Stephanie López, What are you looking at?: Denied Viewer Access in La Playa D.C. (2012)

Patricia Vera, Tekove Rembey | Cartographies of Selves

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm         Lunch

1:00-1:30 pm                     Politics of Sustainable Development Course, Moderator: Geneva Michele Graef

 1:30-2:45pm       Querying Cartographies   Moderator: Leonardo Santamaria Montero

Daniela Samur, Enthroning Bogotá: Real and Imagined Geographies of the 1890s

Jessica Nogueira Varela, “You Who Hear Tell the Others”: Caribbean Spaces in the poetry of Una Marson, Claudia Jones, and Audre Lorde (1932-1992)

Michael Cary, Draining Ñeembucú: Socioecological Change Along Paraguay’s Emergent Rice Frontier

2:45 - 3:00pm                    Coffee Break

3:00 - 4:15pm                    Making Livable Worlds

Moderator: Stephanie López

Carolina Osorio Gil, Whose Knowledge? Whose Power? -- Participatory Action Research project/ story-based theater methodologies

Johann Khamil Delgado Gallego, A Contribution to the Climate Adaptation Plan of Punta Soldado Island, Colombia

Ranya Perez, The plantain as an iconic national Dominican crop

Janeth Arias, Folk music, the heartbeat of Bolivian culture

4:15-4:30 pm--Janeth Arias Quechua Musical Performance--

4:30 - 5:30pm    Reception

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